Digital & Medical Technologies - 3U Partnership

This programme is run by 3U which is a partnership between DCU, Maynooth University and RCSI.

This new programme will produce engineers capable of designing and developing electronic devices and systems for the medical and healthcare communities. These individuals will become flexible technologists who can work within the health services, hospitals and indigenous and international companies, providing products and services to frontline medical and healthcare providers.

Entry requirements

Entry to the Master of Engineering in Digital Health and Medical Technologies will normally require a minimum H2.1 in Electronic Engineering, Computer Science, or a cognate discipline. Or Minimum 60% from Bachelor programme in Electronic Engineering, Computer Science, or a cognate discipline. Exceptions may be made for those with significant relevant work experience.

**Exceptions may be made for those with significant relevant work experience.**


1 year Full-time

Careers or further progression

Graduates of the Master of Engineering in Digital Health & Medical Technologies programme will be building and creating new tools and solutions to solve relevant problems facing the healthcare sector today. This programme will empower graduates to be the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs in the growing healthcare technologies sector. Graduates can expect to work both inside and outside the health services. Within healthcare services, it would be primarily on software and engineering of healthcare-focused services and systems. Beyond the core health services environment, graduates could work with companies that provide technology-based products for use in a medical/clinical environment.

Further enquiries

Contact us about this course
Programme Director: Dr Noel Murphy
Tel: +353(0)1 7005433

Subjects taught

This is a new programme, with a novel cross-institutional Capstone Project, though many of the taught modules are existing modules in one of the 3U partner institutions. It is designed for engineering professionals with a strong background in electronics and computer technologies, and will provide them with advanced education in medically relevant engineering technologies. They will be immersed in the cultural and professional ethos of medical and clinical practice. The programme will provide them with the relevant concepts, methodological tools and knowledge of medical legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks.

The first 2 semesters (15 week per semester) of this masters programme comprise a range of taught modules with examinations. This is immediately followed by the Capstone Project (12 weeks), which includes workshops and seminars. Assessment of the Capstone Project will be primarily via a dissertation which includes a short conference-style paper. There is currently no part-time option to complete this programme.
The modules on the programme are designed to provide expertise in two technical areas: firstly, the technology for designing new medical devices; and secondly, image and signal analysis to assist diagnosis and visualisation. These modules are complemented with in-depth modules on the medical sciences, ethics and regulations.

Medical Modules
— Medical Sciences (RCSI)
— Healthcare Ethics, Law, Risk Management and Regulatory Framework (RCSI)

Medical Technology Modules
— 3D Interface Technologies (DCU)
— Medical Instrumentation (Maynooth University)

Underlying Engineering Modules
— Connected Embedded Systems (DCU)
— Computer Vision (DCU)
— Wireless Communications (Maynooth University)
— Advanced Control Systems (Maynooth University)
Capstone Project (RCSI + MU/DCU)

The Capstone project is a major feature of the programme which provides the student with practical experience of developing engineering solutions for the medical sector. Projects are hosted by the Electrical Engineering Departments of either DCU or Maynooth University but are always strongly situated in a medical or clinical environment. During their project, students are co-supervised by RCSI staff or an RCSI-linked consultant/clinician on the one hand, and an engineering/computing academic from Maynooth University or DCU on the other. The projects are developed, assigned and prepared during the first (taught module) academic year so that they are ready to run during the first semester of the second academic year. For more information on the programme and for examples of the Capstone Project CHECK OUT our video on YouTube.

Application date

Apply online through the Postgraduate Applications Centre ( by 23rd July 2018

Course fee

Fee Information
— EU fees are €7,000
— Non-EU fees are €14,000

2 Scholarships will be available for this programme on a competitive basis
— One scholarship available to EU students: Up to 20% off EU fee
— One scholarship available to Non EU students: Up to 20% off Non EU fee.

Enrolment and start dates

Note, this Programme is likely to have an early registration and commencing early September 2018

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